Tables Turned at Bhubaneswar: India vs Pakistan and Australia vs Germany in Semis

On the day of odds in Bhubaneswar, Tables were turned as bottom two placed teams both the pools, reached semis of Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014. The day started with Pakistan stunning the World Cup Silver medalists Netherlands by 4-2, followed World Champions Australia defeating Argentina by the same score.

Rupinderpal Singh opened scoring for India after being 0-2 down against Belgium in quarter final of Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 in Bhubaneswar

Rupinderpal Singh opened scoring for India after being 0-2 down against Belgium in quarter-final of Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 in Bhubaneswar

Later in the day, Olympic Champions Germany, who finished a bottom of Pool B, defeated England by 2-0 to set up high voltage semi final against Australia. The hosts came from 0-2 down to defeated Belgium and bringing in most exciting clash in semi-finals i.e. India taking on their neighbouring arch-rivals Pakistan in semi final on Saturday at 1930 IST (Full Schedule here). This website TheFansofHockey.com will try to bring you the live streaming of India vs Pakistan Semi-Final from Bhubaneswar. Continue reading →

Pakistan beat Holland and Australia defeat Argentina to reach Semis of CT2014

Australia remain in contention to win a sixth successive Champions Trophy title this weekend after sealing their place in Saturday’s semi finals with a 4-2 win over Argentina in a must-win quarter-final. Last edition’s Bronze Medalists Pakistan defeated Netherlands 4-2 to seal a place in semi-final of Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 in Bhubaneswar.

Pakistan Irfan Muhammad celebrating his goal against Netherlands in Quarter Final of Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014

Pakistan Irfan Muhammad celebrating his goal against Netherlands in Quarter Final of Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014

Australia will face the winner of England vs Germany semi-finals to be played on Saturday (Full Schedule here). With Pakistan coming through to semis and possibility of facing the India (if the hosts beat Belgium in quarter-final), builds up the excitement in the tournament.

Pakistan would like to play against #India in Semi-final for revival of South Asian classic hockey said Pakistan Coach Sehnaz Seikh after win over Netherlads, Today, this was a real Pakistan style of play. Let’s not go by the last 3 matches, we were experimenting many things. Today the tournament started for us and we came back strong on the opponents. The 9/11 style of play proved to benefit us where we attacked with 9 players and defended with 11. We would like to play against India in Semi-final for revival of South Asian classic hockey. Continue reading →

With 3-2 Win over Holland, India face Belgium in QFs of Bhubaneswar CT2014

Hosts India defeated Pool B leaders Netherlands 3-2 to set-up quarter-final against Belgium in the Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 at Kalinga Stadium, in Bhubaneswar (India). Earlier today, England held Belgium for 1-1 draw to top Pool A, while Australia defeated Pakistan 3-0 in Pool A and Argentina beat London 2012 Olympic Champions Germany 3-0 in Pool B.

India celebrate as they took lead against Netherlands with Rupinder Pal Singh's low flick goal at the Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 in Bhubaneswar

India celebrate as they took lead against Netherlands with Rupinder Pal Singh’s low flick goal at the Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 in Bhubaneswar

After both Dutch and Indian Goalkeepers, Pirman Blaak and PR Sreejesh, being called in action and Mink van der Weerden’s drag-flick hitting the crossbar, the score remained 0-0 till the lemon break.

SV Sunil’s deflection on Gurjinder Singh’s long pass opened the scoring in third minute of 2nd half/3rd quarter. The men in orange took their video referral on this but the goal was confirmed. 3 minutes later, van der Weerden silenced the crowd shortly afterwards when his third penalty corner attempt found the net to level the score at 1-1. Continue reading →

A fairytale ending for Lucha as Argentina Keep Women’s Champions Trophy

The Argentine Legend Luciana Aymar, ended her career with winning FIH Women’s Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 in front her home crowd in Mendoza. After Netherlands defeated New Zealand by 2-1 in Bronze Medal match, the defending champions Argentina needed shoot-out to emerge winners (3-1), after both teams having locked at 1-1 in regulation time.

Argentina Star Hockey Player Luciana Aymar with FIH Women’s Champions Trophy 2014 (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek)

Earlier in the day, England clinched fifth place in shoot-out 3-2 after being struck at 1-1 in regulation time against China, and Germany defeated Japan 5-3 to avoid wooden spoon.

With much of the pre-match talk about the impending retirement of the heroine of Argentine hockey, the eight times World Player of the Year Lucania Aymar, the Hockeyroos seemed to have saved some of their best hockey of a hugely successful year. Continue reading →

Out of total 27 goals on Day 2 of CT2014, England scored 8 past Pak

On the 2nd day of Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014, Hosts India were defeated 4-2 by Argentina, while Belgium denied a victory to World Champions Australia in a 8 goal thriller. England scored 8 goals past Pakistan (8-2) , as Netherlands also continued winning streak as they defeated their European rivals Germany by 4-1. In comparison to 8 goals on the opening day, which was dominated by European teams, 2nd day turned out to be goal fest having 27 goals scored.

Gurjinder Singh of India celebrating his goal against Argentina during Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 at Bhubaneswar

Gurjinder Singh of India celebrating his goal against Argentina during Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 at Bhubaneswar

After equalizing twice within a minute from trailing, World Cup Bronze medallists Argentina defeated India thanks to late strikes by Agustin Mazzilli and Joaquin Menini, who capitalized Indian defensive errors. India came up dangerously in the Argentine circle in the early stages but their opening goal was disallowed as the ball hadn’t travelled the required distance before it was brought into the circle and later on in the match, another goal was disallowed as the ball had hit high on the Argentine defender in a PC routine. Continue reading →

European Teams Dominate the Champions Trophy Opening Day in Bhubaneswar

On the opening day of Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 in Bhubaneswar, European Teams dominate the turf, with England, Belgium, Netherlands and Germany winning their matches against non-European rivals Australia, Pakistan, Argentina and hosts India by 3-1, 2-1, 3-0 and 1-0 respectively.

Nikkin Thimmaiah of India racing for the ball against Germany during Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 in Bhubaneswar

Nikkin Thimmaiah of India racing for the ball against Germany during Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 in Bhubaneswar

In the last match of the day, Florian Fuchs sent the ball into the goal, beating eventual man of the match Indian Goalkeeper PR Sreejesh to win the match for his team. Fuchs found the target with a backhander in the last-minute to take the game away from the hosts India, who otherwise matched quite the London Olympic Gold Medalists Germany.

Speaking on the team performance, PR Sreejesh, player of the match “Germany was a very tough match. They played very well and scored in the last moment but I appreciate my team mates who put in a full performance while our forwards made some good attacks which we couldn’t turn into a goal. In future matches, we will rectify that. Continue reading →